I always thought it would be cool to juxtapose windows 95-era computer imagery with fantasy elements like magic and spirits.
SO, i give you: floppy disk demon. pretend the GIF compression is for thematic effect.
HELL YEAH THIS IS EXACTLY MY SHIT
WHAT THE FUCK HAVE I DONE
Uromastyx likes her belly rubbed
this is a fucking lizard getting her belly rubbed if you don’t think that’s the cutest shit then get out of my blog
LOOK AT ITS LIL ARMS FLAPPING AWWWWWWWW
This animal is not happy! ): This is a panic/defence mechanism, this is probably really freaking the poor thing out. i’ve seen multiple reblogs of this post informing people of that, so I thought I’d let you know.
This is a Uromastyx, their defence mechanism is to INFLATE their bodies and move them as if they were “belly dancing” as they release air through their mouths letting a “haaaaaaaaaaaah” kind of sound until you leave them alone. If you don’t they’ll HIT you with their spiky tail.
This Uromastyx is exposing its belly on their own will, what it’s doing first is smell the hand to see if it’s someone they know. Since it is (remember the belly is the most vulnerable part of their body) and knows the person won’t harm them, it exposes the belly for the rubs.
And I talk from experience, I have an Uromastyx Acanthinura. It took me forever to get mine to trust me enough to allow me pet him and let me pick him up (and then teach him that my mum (he used to react aggressively towards her presence just by smelling her hand) that my mum was to be trusted).
TDLR; the Uromastyx in the gif trusts their owner and allows the owner to rub the belly, that isn’t how Uromastyx defend themselves
I get so happy when people with actual facts, knowledge, and experience explain things to those who do more talking than understanding.
I’m so fucking elated that this lizard IS actually enjoying tummy tickles. I’ve gone my entire life being sad because people kept saying this was a discomfort display. I’m so happy that the lizard is happy. I’m so happy.
The only animals who expose their softest, most vulnerable parts as a threat display/defense mechanism while also basically immobilizing themselves are usually poisonous animals or close mimics of poisonous animals, and Uromastyx is neither.
Usually such a display is also colorful.
But yeah how fucking cute is it that a little lizard will sniff your hand to make sure you’re the right giant
The idea that reptiles are dumb and emotionless is far too ingrained even among hobbyists and scientific professionals.
It’s the same with cats, dogs, and humans. Do you lay down with complete strangers? Not until after you’ve decided they aren’t a threat. Do you let random people tickle your belly? Not until after you’ve decided you trust them to be in your personal space. Kids who are OK with being tickled? They squeal and they push and they giggle. Kids who are NOT ok with being tickled? They go for the face, the eyes. They scream bloody murder. They make the tickler regret it.
You are that cute little lizard, deep down inside. Which is a good thing, because that lizard is cute. <3
Incidentally, this response is not found in fish or amphibians (as far as I know), but they have their own “I trust you” responses (including things as big and mean as Great White Sharks- the few who are familiar with particular humans reportedly LOVE getting patted on the nose, which is the most sensitive part of their body).
That cat is not even playful, he is downright -concerned- about this fucking penguin aelinawhwa
CAT: ARE YOU OKAY SMALL WIBBLY ANIMAL
S-sir? Sir, what are you-
Sir, are you-
Sir, please stop.
Are you okay?
I can’t remember if I blogged this or not but oh my fucking cute.
Are we allowed to classify ourselves twice?
If so I’m Top Left and Bottom Left.